Cookies and the holidays go together like sleigh bells and reindeer, a fireplace and stockings, or mistletoe and kisses. Unfortunately, these sugary treats can also go together with overindulgence and an expanding waistline. But they don’t need to. Here are some tips for how to make your holiday cookies as healthy as possible.

Cut the sugar. In addition to sweetness, sugar contributes moisture, fluffiness, and that golden brown outside as well. You can usually get away with reducing sugar by ¼ to ½ in most recipes, however. If making cookies, like sugar cookies, which rely almost entirely on sugar for their flavor, consider switching to cookies that also use cinnamon, unsweetened chocolate, pumpkin, molasses or other ingredients to enhance their flavor.

Swap the fat. Butter or vegetable shortenings are higher in saturated fats. Using unsaturated fat instead of saturated fat is a great way to support your cardiovascular health. You can substitute oils like canola or grape seed for half the butter in most recipes with no change in the final product. Applesauce is also a common fat replacement but at ½ the calories, 3x the fiber, and 6x the protein, I prefer pumpkin puree. You’ll only need ¾ the amount of pumpkin as you would butter.

Boost the vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Sugar, refined flours, oil…there’s one thing missing in these key ingredients for cookies and that’s the nutrients your body needs most – vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Look for recipes that use fruits and vegetables (applesauce, apricot puree, raisins, carrot, zucchini, pumpkin…) along with whole grains and nuts (whole wheat, oats, quinoa, walnuts, almond flour, chia…)

Reduce your portions. Now that your cookies are lower in sugar, have healthy fats, and are richer in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, you’re allowed to eat as many of them as you like, right? Not exactly. Cut the recipe in half, make your cookies smaller, and eat them only after your meal so they don’t take the place of other healthier foods.

Use these tips in your next batch to ensure that they also support your health and wellbeing.

Servings: 3
Prep Time: 2 Hours
Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Ingredients
1 cup butter, softened
1 ½ cups confectioners’ sugar
½ teaspoon almond extract
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 teaspoon baking soda

Directions

  1. Cream together butter and confectioners’ sugar.
  2. Add in egg, vanilla, and almond extract.
  3. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, and cream of tartar. Add to creamed mixture.
  4. Cover and put in fridge overnight or chill for 2 hours
  5. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly flour surface and roll dough out to even thickness. Use cookie cutter and place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned.
  7. Let cool and decorate.

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Reynolds Market Goes Digital
Locally owned retailer now offers online shopping

Miles City, MT (November 20, 2017) Reynold’s Market is making grocery shopping a little easier for guests at their Miles City store. The locally-owned grocery stores launched Reynolds Online Shopping Powered by Rosie, today. The service allows guests to order their groceries online and either pick them up at the store or have them delivered.

Reynolds Online Shopping is designed to give time back to time-starved shoppers to do more of what they love. There is a $30 minimum order to use the service and a small fee of $3 for pickup and $8 for delivery within five miles of the store.

“We’re excited to introduce Reynolds Online Shopping, Powered by Rosie to our guests. We’re always looking for ways to make shopping at Reynolds Market better and more convenient and offering online shopping and delivery is an easy way to do that,” said Jim Bastian, Reynolds Market store manager. “We know our guests have limited time. With Reynolds Online, they can still get the groceries they need and have time doing what they love with those they love.”

Using Reynolds Online Shopping is simple.

  1. Visit reynoldsmarket.com and click on Reynolds Online Shopping to create a free account. Shoppers can create shopping lists, save favorite items, and more with their profile.
  2. Select which groceries they’d like and leave special instructions for appropriate product substitutions (in the event of an out-of-stock) or produce quality (like green or extra ripe bananas).
  3. Pay online and choose a pickup time from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. or delivery time from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
  4. Stop at the store, park in the curbside spot and text the personal shoppers to bring the order out to the car—or wait for your order to be delivered right to your door.

“We look forward to serving even more of our community with Reynolds Online Shopping and can’t wait to get to know these guests,” said Bastian.

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About Reynolds Market
Reynolds Market has served shoppers in Montana since 1925 when Frank Reynolds opened his first store in Glendive. In the nearly 100 years since the first store opened, Reynolds has been committed to providing quality products at competitive prices across fresh produce, in-store bakery and deli, variety of grocery and frozen products, great seasonal and GM offerings, and multiple community events throughout the year. The grocery store is still family-owned today and has five locations in Glendive, Baker, Glasgow, Miles City, and Sidney, Montana. To learn more about Reynolds Market, visit www.reynoldsmarket.com.

About Rosie
Rosie is the most trusted, locally focused eCommerce company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online from local stores. Rosie partners with leading independent retailers and their wholesalers to provide eCommerce, delivery opportunities, omni-channel marketing and deep data services. Rosie serves as the preferred eCommerce partner to a variety of wholesale cooperatives, such as Associated Food Stores (AFS), Associated Grocers of New England, Associated Wholesale Grocers (AWG), Bozzuto’s, CERTCO, C&S Wholesale Grocers, and Olean Wholesale Grocers. Rosie powers the online shopping platforms of major local retailers like Niemann Foods Inc., Broulim’s, Macey’s, Clark’s Market, and Buehler’s Fresh Foods. IBM selected Rosie as the Top Startup in North America in its 2014 IBM Smartcamp Competition. Visit rosieapp.com for company information and to sign up for a free account. For Rosie news and downloadable media assets, visit http://mediakit.rosieapp.com. To see firsthand what retailers and their customers think about Rosie, check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncx49VUdDls.  Like us at fb.com/rosieapp. Follow us on twitter.com/rosieapp.

Media Contact
Rachael Wabel
rmwabel@afstores.com
801-978-8913

 

 

Thanksgiving is just over a week away. Take the worry out of dessert with these delicious bite-sized treats.

Ingredients
2- 9 inch pie crusts
2 cups diced granny smith apples
2 Tbsp flour
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ cup sugar
10-15 wrapped caramels
½ lemon, juiced
1 egg
1 Tbsp water

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 425°.
2. In small bowl, mix apples, cinnamon, sugar, flour, and lemon juice. Set aside.
3. Unroll pie dough and cut 3 inch circles with cookie cutter or glass cup. Roll out scraps with a rolling pin and continue cutting circles.
4. Place 1 tablespoon of apple mixture in center of circle. Top with a few pieces of caramel.
5. Brush mixture of egg and water around the edge of circle. Top with another circle and seal edges shut with fork. Brush top with egg wash and cut two vents.
6. Repeat process with other circles.
7. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
8. Bake for 15 minutes until golden brown.

Kent’s Market is ready to serve Plain City. The Utah-owned grocery store celebrated the opening of the newest store at 3673 West 2600 North with a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday October 28 at 9 a.m. Following the ceremony guests were treated to product samples, giveaways and great deals.

At nearly 51,000 square-feet, Kent’s Market in Plain City has everything guests need. The store offers a scratch bakery, homemade items in the service deli along with multiple meal solutions, fresh meat cut in-store daily, an expanded produce selection with locally sourced items, as well as shopper’s favorite grocery and frozen items, a walk-up pharmacy, and a wide array of organic and gluten-free items. The store will also feature an America First Credit Union branch.

“We are excited to be returning to Plain City. One of the first stores I owned and operated was here in Plain City. This city feels like family to me,” said Kent Beckstrom, owner of Kent’s Market.

Kent’s Market is more than great products. The grocery store is known for frequent early bird sales and other in-store activities as well as for their commitment to providing an excellent shopping experience. This commitment has led the store to implement online shopping, Skip Checkout, a service that allows guests to scan items while they shop and pay from their phone instead of going through the traditional register, and the Kent’s Kickbacks rewards program.

Kent’s Plain City is open seven days a week and is the fifth location for the grocery chain. The company also has locations in Clearfield, Roy, Brigham City, and Tremonton. The Plain City location is overseen by store director Jon Fawson, who has 15 years of experience with Kent’s Market.

The new store came together with help from Hughes General Contractors and Associated Food Stores Store Development team, excellent architects, and numerous subcontractors who helped bring the project to life on-time and under-budget.

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About Kent’s Market
Opened in 1976, Kent’s Market has continued to provide the grocery needs for the communities they serve across Northern Utah. Still family owned and operated, Kent’s Market is committed to providing excellent service, value, and the original hometown grocer feel through a variety of departments including fresh produce, bakery, deli, meat, grocery, frozen, floral, general and seasonal merchandise, and an in-store pharmacy. To learn more about Kent’s Market and find a location nearest you, visit www.kentsgrocery.com.

Check out the Standard Examiner’s article about the new store.

Spooky fun is in the air as little (and big) monsters prepare to disappear into the night to gather sugary treats and sweets. Don’t let an accident crash the party! Use the tips below to help your little goblins have a safe, and happy, Halloween.

Light ‘em up: Stick a piece of reflective tape on your child’s costume and treat bag, or give them glow sticks or flashlights to help them be seen by others.

Make a Plan: Map out which neighborhoods you’ll be visiting (or where the older kids will be going) and determine who will be accompanying the littles on their adventure.

Be Aware: Most trick-or-treaters make the rounds from 5:30-9:30 p.m. Pay extra attention to the roads during this time. Drive slowly in neighborhoods and take extra precautions when backing out of driveways.

Keep It Clean: Make sure your driveway and front porch are clear of tripping hazards. You don’t want the Tooth Fairy to need to make an early visit.

Check it First: Before your littles eat their weight in sweets, check each piece to make sure nothing is open, severely damaged, or suspicious looking. The candy check is also a good time to make candy trades with siblings and friends.

Be Prepared: Make sure you have plenty of candy on hand. Don’t forget to pick some up during your next shopping trip. We recommend buying a little extra (you know you’re going to want some too).

Do you have other great tips to make the most out of Halloween? Share them in the comments below.

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Associated Food Stores Receives Green Business Award from Utah Business Magazine
Wholesale honored for saving energy in Utah Stores

SALT LAKE CITY, UT (October 20, 2017)—Associated Food Stores has made great strides in implementing energy efficient technologies in stores across Utah and the Intermountain West in an effort to be more sustainable and pass savings onto shoppers. The wholesaler’s efforts were recognized this week with the 2017 Green Business Award for energy conservation from Utah Business Magazine.

Associated Food Stores added LED lighting, updated lighting controls and refrigeration upgrades to stores in Salt Lake City, South Ogden, Park City, West Valley City, American Fork, Ogden and Taylorsville. The changes helped make lighting and cooling the stores more efficient and resulted in reducing energy use by nearly 3.9 million kilowatt-hours last year—-enough electricity to power 437 typical Utah homes for a year. AFS worked with Rocky Mountain Power to implement these changes and monitor energy use.

“We are honored to be recognized by Utah Business Magazine with a Green Business Award. AFS has always been committed to serving our communities, and using sustainable, energy efficient practices and equipment in our stores is just one way we do that,” said Steve Miner, President of Market Development for Associated Food Stores.

Associated Food Stores has headquarters in Salt Lake City and supplies nearly 400 independently owned retail supermarkets in eight states throughout the Intermountain West. The company also owns Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, Fresh Market and Honey Bee Produce Company.

Video Courtesy of Utah Business

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About Associated Food Stores
Associated Food Stores is an independent retailer-owned warehouse based in Salt Lake City, Utah, which provides complete warehouse facilities and services to over 400 grocers throughout the Intermountain West. To learn more about Associated Food Stores or to find a retailer near you, visit www.afstores.com.

 

Media Contact
Rachael Wabel
rmwabel@afstores.com
801-978-8913

 

Associated Food Stores and Associated Retail Operations were recognized for their leadership in product quality, marketing, and sales efforts with Certified Angus Beef ® during the 2017 Certified Angus Beef ® Annual Conference last week.

“We truly value our relationship with Certified Angus Beef ® and appreciate their support in helping us reach these milestones with the brand. CAB is a real differentiator for us and gives a strong quality advantage in our markets. Our retailers have embraced it as their own and have been rewarded with increased sales and a quality image that will only continue to grow. Our guests have also warmly received it and really appreciate the consistent, high-quality eating experience it provides. When it comes to beef, nobody does it better,” said Marty Berlin, director of meat for Associated Food Stores.

Associated Retail Operations, which includes Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, and Fresh Market, was named the Rookie of the Year. The award is given to one retailer who is new to Certified Angus Beef ® and excels in marketing efforts and sales. Part of the stores’ marketing plan included social media giveaways of various Certified Angus Beef ® products, in-store events, and other offers. Only one store each year is awarded the Rookie of the Year award.

Associated Food Stores was recognized for sales efforts as a Top Three Sales Volume Retail Distributor. The award is based on the total pounds of Certified Angus Beef ® products sold from June 2016-May 2017. Associated Food Stores supplied Certified Angus Beef ® products to retailers across eight intermountain West states including Utah, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Colorado, Wyoming, and Oregon.

The stores and wholesaler began offering Certified Angus Beef ® last May in an effort to bring fresh, high-quality, locally sourced beef products to shoppers. To learn more about our Certified Angus Beef ® offerings, visit one of our many locations.

Try this delicious spin on a Fall favorite.

Servings: 20
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 12-14 minutes

Ingredients
2 ½ cups flour
1 ½ cups quick oats
1 tsp baking soda
¾ tsp salt
1 ¾ ground cinnamon
¼ tsp ground nutmeg
¼ tsp ground ginger
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 1/3 cups packed brown sugar
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 ¼ cups canned pumpkin
1 ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together flour, oats, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, whip together butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until smooth
  4. Mix in egg, vanilla, and pumpkin.
  5. Slowly add dry ingredients until combined. Mix in chocolate chips gently.
  6. Scoop dough into 2 tbsp portions and drop onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Space cookies 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake for 12-14 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack before enjoying.

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Five Utah Grocery Stores Donate $114,412.61 to Make-A-Wish® Utah
Funds will help grant 23 wishes for Utah Children

Salt Lake City, Utah (October 5, 2017) The wishes of 23 Utah children will come true thanks to Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, and Fresh Market. The stores donated $114,412.61 to Make-A-Wish® Utah yesterday during a special check presentation at Lin’s in Cedar City. It wasn’t just an average check presentation. During the celebration, four year-old Ryder learned his wish to visit the Florida theme parks and meet his favorite characters was being granted. Members of the Cedar City police and fire departments as well as the Lin’s store team participated in the surprise.

“We have the most generous guests and are floored by the amount they helped us raise for Make-A-Wish® Utah! We wouldn’t be able to help so many children without them,” said Steve Holm, district manager for Lin’s. “They always step up to make the star icon drive a huge success and we’re so grateful to them.”

From August 1-31, guests at all 42 Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market locations were invited to purchase a star icon during checkout. Any amount could be donated for the star, allowing guests to help in whatever way possible with contributions ranging from pocket change to several dollars at a time. The donations quickly added up, surpassing last year’s donation of $100,000.

“We are grateful for the support of every store that participated in this campaign, and for the generosity of the community of customers that helped to raise these funds,” said Jared Perry, Chief Executive Officer of Make-A-Wish Utah. “Wishes are life-changing experiences for the families that we serve, and it is our vision to grant the wish of every eligible child in the state. The funding we receive from the Associated Retail Operations team and outpour of support generated by our community takes us one encouraging step closer toward accomplishing this goal.”

Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, and Fresh Market have partnered with Make-A-Wish® Utah since 2010 to raise money to grant wishes for children facing life-threatening illnesses. Over the last seven years the stores have helped grant over 100 wishes. Make-A-Wish® Utah works with families to grant a wish when they need it most—after things have been exceptionally difficult and they need a little fun and hope in their lives.

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About Associated Retail Operations
Associated Retail Operations consists of five local grocery stores owned by Associated Food Stores, an independent, retailer-owned grocery wholesaler based in Salt Lake City, Utah. The stores operate under five different banners, Macey’s, Lin’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market and Fresh Market. For more information, visit their websites at:

Macey’s—www.maceys.com
Lin’s—www.linsgrocery.com
Dan’s—www.dansfoods.com
Dick’s Market—www.dicksmarket.com
Fresh Market—www.freshmarketstores.com

About Make-A-Wish® Utah
Make-A-Wish® Utah grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Located in its facility in Murray, A Wishing Place, Make-A-Wish® Utah offers a life-affirming wish experience at a time of critical need. For more information, visit us online at www.utah.wish.org, on social @makeawishutah or give us a call at (801) 262-9474.